Therapist Profile

Name:
Riley K. Smith, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
3620 Barry Ave Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone:
(310) 390-1737
License Number
LMFT7928
Practicing Since:
1976
Additional Licenses:
MFT lic. #MFT7928

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
We humans are born with a 'Self' - a core Self that is always there. Inside.

As we experience life in our family - first with mother, then with significant others - we develop strategies for surviving and thriving. We form beliefs about our selves, what it is to be alive (what it is to parent and to be in intimate relationship.) We develop intern (physical, emotional and mental) and external (behavioral) strategies from our first moment.

Although our survival strategies get us grown up, they also restrict the expression of our core Self and limit our experience of aliveness and intimacy. Living our survival strategies can mean living with inability to sustain intimacy, sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, spousal abuse, chemical dependency, migraines and other somatic problems.

That is why people come to therapy.

As a psychotherapist, I use my tools and knowledge to help people understand and be aware of their survival strategies and the core Self that is always there, hidden behind the façade of their survival strategies or 'ego.' I help them to consciously experience life in a new way so that they can modify their survival strategy to be more fully present to live and love.

When appropriate, I sue powerful therapy techniques such as Solution Focus (Brief) Therapy and EMDR (for post traumatic stress symptoms.) However, my primary work is with Integrative Body Psychotherapy, a theory and practice that acknowledges and works with the body-mind-spirit interface. The work is a joining of the best elements of object relations, Gestalt yogic and Reichian breath work. In effect, the mind work of psychotherapy is done in concert with full aliveness in the body so that the intervention is experienced in the mind, the emotions and the body. Clients learn to experience the core Self, fully alive in the body, unencumbered by the survival strategies of childhood. Go to www.bodypsychotherapygroup.com

About My Practice

Office Hours
Weekdays/evenings by appt.
Services
Individuals and Couples Anxiety Stress Co-dependent/ACA Relationships Pre-marital Psychotherapy with individuals and couples.
Insurance
Aetna, Blue Shield of CA, Cigna, Health Net Insurance, MHN, Private Pay
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.A.

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anxiety
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
EMDR
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Stress

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Developmental/Depth
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Gestalt
Object Relations
Somatic
Transactional Analysis/Redecision
Transpersonal Psychology
Certifications
Body/Mind Psychotherapy EMDR DNMS
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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